Prospective Students: How to Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid

Gettysburg College continues to honor a long-standing commitment to put the College within the financial reach of all students desiring to engage themselves in our dynamic community.

This commitment is recognized by Gettysburg's inclusion in the Princeton Review's "Best Value College for 2014" list as well as being named one of the "best values" among American private liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

Bloomberg Businessweek listed Gettysburg College among its Fifty Affordable Colleges with the Best Return on Investment (ROI). The list included a wide variety of institutions, from large state institutions to engineering schools, as well as a few small, private liberal arts colleges like Gettysburg.

Financial Aid Deadlines & Application Forms

  • Early Decision I- November 15  
       CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE 
        file FAFSA after Jan 1 and before Feb 1
  • Early Decision II- January 15
        FAFSA
        CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
  • Regular Decision- February 1
        FAFSA
        CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
*Students who wish to apply solely for federal aid must submit the FAFSA. If students wish to be considered for Gettysburg College aid, they must also submit the PROFILE.

Gettysburg's Financial Aid Application Codes

  • PROFILEThe Gettysburg College Code for the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is 2275.
  • FAFSAThe Gettysburg College federal school code for the FAFSA is 003268.

When will I be notified about Financial Aid?

Accepted Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants will receive a financial aid decision with the admission decision letter if the PROFILE and FAFSA were filed by the appropriate deadline.

Otherwise, the financial aid decision will be made as soon as possible after the PROFILE and FAFSA are received by the College. Please note: priority is given to those students whose forms are received by the deadline date.

Information for Accepted and Enrolled Students

Details for the Class of 2019 will be available in late November
Once a student is accepted to Gettysburg or enrolls in the Class of 2018, they must submit the following items by mail, fax (717-337-8555) or e-mail (finaid@gettysburg.edu) to the Gettysburg College Office of Financial Aid to finalize their financial aid award.

DeadlinesApril 15 for Early Decision, May 1 for Regular Decision

Financial Aid awards are preliminary until all of the required documents are submitted. If there are significant changes in family or financial information from what was submitted on the FAFSA and PROFILE, the Office of Financial Aid will review a student’s award and determine if adjustments are necessary.


How is need-based financial aid calculated?

The FAFSA is used for consideration of all sources of federal aid eligibility. For institutional grants and loans the FAFSA, as well as the CSS PROFILE, is used in the financial aid analyses considering all sources of taxed and untaxed income as well as necessary family expenditures such as taxes, standard cost of living, and extraordinary medical expenses.

Other important variables include family size and the number of children enrolled in post-secondary education. The student's income and assets are also evaluated

Instructions for Divorced or Separated Parents

The FAFSA and PROFILE should be completed by the parent with whom the student resides (custodial parent). Step-parent income and asset data must be included on the FAFSA and PROFILE.
Information from the non-custodial parent is not necessary.

Renewing Financial Aid

Current Gettysburg students must reapply for need-based financial aid each year by April 15. If family and financial circumstances remain consistent, students can expect to receive a similar need-based financial aid award.

However, a decrease in the number of siblings in undergraduate study or increases in income or assets may cause a decrease in need-based financial aid eligibility.

Continuing students must submit only the FAFSA. Students and parent(s) do not need to submit W-2 statements, copies of tax returns or the Gettysburg College Verification Worksheet (unless later requested to do so by the Office of Financial Aid as part of the Federal Financial Aid Verification process).

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is not required for continuing students;academic merit scholarships are automatically renewed annually based upon academic performance at Gettysburg.


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How do merit scholarships and need-based financial aid awards work together?

Gettysburg’s need-based financial aid awards may be affected if a student receives an academic merit scholarship. For students also receiving need-based aid, merit scholarships are not awarded on top of Gettysburg College Grant dollars but are awarded in conjunction with grant funds.

Example 1: Student is eligible for a $20,000 Gettysburg College Grant (based upon financial need) and is awarded a $10,000 David Wills Scholarship.
Financial Aid Award will include:

  • $10,000 David Wills Scholarship
  • $10,000 Gettysburg College Grant

Example 2: Student is eligible for a $10,000 Gettysburg College Grant (based upon financial need) and is awarded a $15,000 Presidential Scholarship
Financial Aid Award will include:

  • $15,000 Presidential Scholarship

Academic merit scholarships are renewable each year, provided students must maintain the following cumulative GPA requirements: 2.75 after their first year and 3.0 afterwards.

What if my family or financial circumstances change?

When financial circumstances change, the Office of Financial Aid is available to help students and their families locate funding sources and understand the options available to them.

Advice may include educating a student regarding the financial aid process, recalculating a family's eligibility based on documented financial changes, or counseling a family regarding available loans and payment plans.

Gettysburg College will consider Income Reduction/Unusual Circumstances (download Income Reduction/Unusual Circumstances Form) at any time during the academic year as long as funds are available.